The Devotional Life
Posted by Church of God of Carmichael on Sunday, May 3, 2020
Sunday Morning Podcast May 3, 2020. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: REVELATIONS 5:6-14
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one one of them harps, and golden vials full odours, which are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and has redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the numbers of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
The Devotional Life. We cannot try to produce the most for the least, when Salvation and God’s Word is of a Quality product. This text will be of a 4 part series over the coming Sundays, except on Mother’s day. The four points are: 1. What is a devotional life? 2. Why is it important? 3. What gets in the way? 4. What keeps it going? These are 4 important questions we’d like to ask. What is going to be regarded normal in a devotional life? It will be defined in ours, by how devoted we are. What is a Devotional Life? First you need to be a believer. Then a follower once we began to believe, to bring definition to our profession of a believer. A new beginning! A follower and defender of the gospel! Finally being a follower to bring you through trials and tribulations. Then a defender of the gospel to your relatives and others. Finally a defender of the gospel that produces patience, ultimately producing a deep love for God. A devotional life …creates the opportunity to be a follower. A devotional life involves a planned interest in another. A devotional person is a devotee to another, a follower. The Apostle Paul, said, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” I Corinthians 11:1
The sacrifices of Christ demands an answer from us, as opposed to simply a recognition of Him. When we come to a place in life that our way is not “getting the job done,” that we’ve fallen short, or as the scriptures say, “we’re missing the mark!” And then we don’t submit? We then are leaving out the mental agreement that leaves out Christ’s sacrifice. How He guides us to the cross that He was nailed and crucified on! I like to remember how He as a man, died long ago for me one day! He made a decision in the garden, to go forward to the cross, even though the alternative choice was also present, which was to flee from the cross! A man just like us, made a decision to sacrifice His life on my behalf. He did it for others, but more importantly also for me personally! That demands an answer from me! Today! Because I was on His mind! It is so hard to comprehend! That I was born again. And I would have to submit myself to what He has done for me! And that creates a new beginning! A devotional life.
A Devotional Life